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Hi I'm Andrew

I grew up in small farming town in Wisconsin.

About Me

I love to run, and garden and going fishing. I'm married to a wonderful woman, and we have been married nearly 25 years. I'm a dad with five children. I love to teach and serve others. I've lived in 5 states. I'm a teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church the year I turned 14. I grew up in a small farming town in Wisconsin. We attended the local Methodist church on occasion. My mother had joined the Church years before when we lived in another state but was at this time not a practicing member. We had many family struggles, during one of those struggles while in the hospital, my mother met someone who was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Missionaries were invited to our home. I distinctly remember when I came to know for myself. The missionaries shared the story of Joseph Smith, who wanted to know which Church he should join. Joseph Smith prayed in the spring of 1820, I had a powerful witness that his experience of seeing Heavenly Father and his Beloved Son Jesus Christ actually happened. I had come to know for myself by personal revelation from God, independent of what anyone else said. I have never doubted from that day. I knew it was true, therefore nobody else's opinion mattered. After joining the Church, being the only Mormon in the school had it's challenges. But what solidified my testimony even more was the prayerful study of the Book of Mormon on my own. As I would read this book of scripture I would receive comfort and spiritual strength that I could find no where else. I remember during those turbulent teenage years, when self doubt and personal aloneness made life difficult. It was personal private worship that helped me endure, and still does to this day.

How I live my faith

As I strive daily to keep my testimony and faith alive I've found that prayerful study of the Book of Mormon is a key to doing this. I enjoy the privilege of attending Church weekly and the temple often. I find that serving others is a great way to strengthen my faith. One of my greatest fears as a child was to get up in front of people to speak, and now I do it as a profession. I credit my mission to helping me overcome that fear, although I still have some anxiety before I teach a lesson or give a talk. I've been a teacher of youth and young adults. I've served in a variety of positions in our local congregations ranging from working with children to teaching and serving in leadership positions within our local congregations. These experiences and opportunities to serve, have blessed my life, and made me a better husband, father, and citizen of my communities. I know that I am imperfect and need the Saviors help. I know that I need the Atonement daily. Life is hard enough without making choices that make it more difficult. I've found great strength in having family home evening, family scripture study, and family prayer. I love spending time with my family doing service. Our family loves to vacation together, and have grown closer because of these experiences. I'm so grateful for a faithful wife who has been such a strength and help in my life, our love for each other continues to grow.